Fans of Alan Titchmarsh are no doubt loving his new series, Spring into Summer, which sees the TV favourite celebrate the great outdoors and offers his expert tips on gardening - along with some celebrity guests thrown in for good measure.
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But before being known and loved for his time on many shows like Love Your Garden and Spring into Summer, Alan has had quite the impressive TV career. To celebrate, we had a look back at his early career below…
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Alan Titchmarsh's early career
After leaving school at 15, Alan went straight into working in gardens as an apprentice for Ilkley Council before eventually going on to study for a City and Guilds qualification in horticulture. He then went on to begin working at Kew Gardens, London. Alan's first TV appearances came in the form of BBC show Nationwide on which he made regular appearances as a horticulture expert.
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Alan in his early gardening career
After his stint on the show, he was then invited to present the Chelsea Flower Show in 1983 – a role he continued up until 2013. In the early nineties, Alan began hosting BBC's Pebble Mill at One and continued until 1996. Perhaps his most notable role, however, was as presenter of Ground Force alongside Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh. Together, the trio became hugely popular with viewers and Ground Force ran for five years before ending in 2002.
Alan with his Ground Force co-stars Charlie Dimmock and Tommy Walsh
Alan Titchmarsh's later career
Away from his gardening TV work, Alan has fronted many other shows on a range of different subjects. In 2010, he presented alongside Myleene Klass for the show Popstar to Operastar.
He's also fronted other factual shows such as Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother for ITV and BBC's The Great British Winter. Alan is also a successful novelist, having written over ten books including one book of poetry, as well as four memoirs and over 20 non-fiction books.
Alan has been a regular face on TV for many years now
Alan Titchmarsh: Spring into Summer
Alan's latest programme, Spring into Summer, sees the garden expert offer viewers some great insight into how to keep your outdoor space looking prestine and also welcomes some familiar faces onto the show. This week, Alan is joined by actor Cliff Parisi, to chat all things Call the Midwife and more.
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